On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, just after 6:00 AM, Deputy Foley suffered head trauma when the bus struck him in the Santa Rita Jail parking lot. He lost consciousness enroute to the hospital and never regained it. He underwent surgery Wednesday to decrease swelling in his brain after being transferred to a second hospital. Family gathered at his side and requested privacy, according to East Bay Times.
Ray Kelly, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said that the incident was an accident. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said that Deputy Foley was wearing dark clothing as he walked across the parking lot and that it was “extremely dark” in the parking lot. Sheriff Ahern said that the bus driver did not see Deputy Ahern. He also said that the driver, who was not identified, is on administrative leave and is traumatized.
Deputy Foley, age 60, was reporting to work when he was struck. He was a nine-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He had also served for 29 years with the Concord Police Department before he retired in 2007. A statement from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said that ‘he was one of the hardest working deputies,’ and ‘used his experience and wisdom to mentor countless numbers of young officers,’ according to ClayCord.
The California Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of fallen hero Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Foley, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Mike Foley, your life mattered.